ClubGonzo (4628) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. My toast for the International Beer Day (which I though was today but turned out to be last Friday... :-P) goes in this one, chin chin beer nerds world wide! ;-) Pours a pitch black body with a somewhat too-rapidly-disappearing miniscule beige head, making the beer look flat within seconds. Weird. Nose is sweet, rich chocolate and cocoa tones, honey, dark malts, nuts, licorice and hints of leather, whisky and wood. Taste is stinging alcohol right off the bat, with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa bursting the palate seconds later. When the initial assault fades in intensity, I get salty licorice, charcoal, whisky and hints of burnt toast and charred caramel. Warming alcohol and leather in the aftertaste. Full body, medium to high carbonation which should have been reduced a bit IMO. Pretty harsh and feisty stuff, I think this one is over the top and would have been more enjoyable at 12-14 or maybe 15 % - alcohol levels at which one most certainly would have been able to appreciate the ingredients more. Or maybe in 5-10 years or so. :-P
jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a black/very dark ruby with a very small dark coloured head. Aromas of heavy dark chocolate, slight tartness from the berries, some sweetness and the whiskey lingers in your nose. Smells a little bit like an alcoholic redskin! Taste more focuses on the sweetness from the honey than the berries and lingers on your palate. Pretty good actually.
Boris4Life (27) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beautiful creation... I can not find the right words to describe this beer... It looks Ok, the aroma is enticing, the taste is superb and the palste overall is a very handsome mix between the oak whisky casks and the sweetness from the single grain really shines through more than I expected it to. I would stop doing anythig else in my spare time if I could brew beer this good! This is my All Time Favourite so far!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a thick and sticky, small dark tan head which has great lacing and retention. Nose shows heavy dark chocolate, light berries, sweet honey, liquorice and whisky notes. The dark chocolate notes really work well throughout this beer. Light notes reminiscent of red skins. Tarty berries but not over the top, heavy sweetness from the honey which the booze helps carry forward. Still works well despite how sweet it is. Actually a really enjoyable beer. One of the better Abstrakts Iíve had
tfredvik (1368) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not surprisingly, both because of the high alcohol content and the fact that this is an Abstrakt, the head is tiny and consists of nothing but a few, big, brown bubbles that doesnít lace the glass. The beer has a very dark brown, close to black colour and includes some sediments. The aroma is very strong, malty and sweet with roasted notes, dark caramel, chocolate, coffee and liquorice, but also some obvious berries and vinous alcohol. In the back there are also hints of leather, whiskey, honey and dairy products. Lovely! The taste is very, very sweet while the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter. The strong roasted malty flavours follow the aroma, with a bit more peat and whisky (but itís still verily lightly peated) and port wine, also some muscovado sugar. The liquorice feels quite salty. The alcohol is clean and incredibly well integrated, but of course itís not exactly hidden. With such an amount of alcohol the close to flat carbonation is fitting. The body is full and the texture is oily. A wonderful beer.
[37.5 cl bottle, bottle 4754/5754, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
ghendrix (144) - Cardiff, WALES - JUN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Bottles in Brewdog Glasgow & Edinburgh. I love me a cranachan, so was desperate to try this out. Itís glorious. Dark in the glass with raspberries, blackberries, caramel all bursting out. Very sweet in the mouth, warm honey and oak there, and then come the oats... it honestly tastes like cranachan. Itís quite special.
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong peated, sweet smell of alcohol and raisins. Brown with no head and little carbonation. Sweet and with a long lasting flavour.
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, almost no head. Sweet aroma of licorice, roasted barley, rasberries and alcohol. Taste is sweet, sweet and sweet.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx to Kai for the bottle !
Head: Dark espresso head that fades s quickly as you stop pouring.
Colour: Dark brown when poured, black when in the glass
Smell: very big scents of port wine, red fruits but not particullary rasps, very high sweet and booze content ( my glass stands on a table next to me and i can smell it where iím seated ! ), balsamic vinegar, high dose of rumtopf and wallnuts, the small is absolutly good !
Taste: salty in the start ( like soy) then comes a high dose of candy sirup, nuts and roasted malts, a bit of anise, strong red wine and a bit of booze ( not as musch as the smell does ), end is very heavy on the palate with lots of bitterness and very dry, aftertaste is a bit of port wine with a burning feeling in the back of the mouth and stomach, very very nice !
_angst_ (3454) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and slightly fruity with roasted malts, raisins, honey, whisky, red berries, alcohol, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and sweet liquorice candy. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, sweet liquorice candy, raisins, soy sauce, raspberries, honey, whisky, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel is round, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, sweet liquorice candy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt raisins, raspberries, honey and whisky. I must confess I expected less.